Council & City

Local Initiatives Fund

Is your group looking for start-up funding for a new not for profit project? The Local Initiatives Fund may be able to help.

We're looking for unique initiatives that make a difference for our communities and enhance social connectedness and wellbeing.

Moemoeātia te moemoeā, engari whakatinanahia.

Dream the dream, but achieve it also

What the fund is for

This annual grant scheme is available for not for profit groups and organisations. It's a great opportunity to develop new activities and initiatives that can make a real difference in Palmerston North.

The fund supports new ideas, particularly those which:

  • develop, provide and advocate for services and facilities that create a connected, welcoming and inclusive community
  • ensure the city has a healthy community where everyone has access to healthy, safe and affordable housing and neighbourhoods
  • build community capacity to take ownership and encourage community leadership of solutions, including better coordination between community organisations and groups
  • are aligned with Council's goal of Palmerston North becoming a city where people feel safe and are safe.

Past recipients 

These are some of the groups that have previously received funding:

How to apply

Applications for funding open on 16 March and close at 4pm on 4 May 2020.

We'd love to meet you and discuss your project. We can give advice on whether this fund is for you and answer any questions you may have before you submit your application. Please contact Brooke Carter on 06 356 8199 or email 

Apply online using the link below, which will open a page on our SmartyGrants community funding website. Alternatively, you can complete the expression of interest form and we'll get in touch to discuss your options.